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School Nutrition Association of Louisiana

64th Annual State Conference
Lafayette, Louisiana

June 13 – June 15, 2017

64th Annual SNAL State Conference Overview

Grab your boots and hold on tight! The SNAL Showdown is happening in Cajun Town this summer! SNAL Conference 2017 has been designed with the current needs of its membership in mind. Conference Headquarters will be located at the beautiful and luxurious Doubletree by Hilton adjacent to the banks of the Vermilion River. Exhibits and breakout sessions will be held at the spacious Lafayette Convention Center on Thursday. A new event on Thursday will include the Health & Wellness Corral for your viewing. Come experience the southern hospitality Lafayette has to offer. Numerous attractions are available near the hotel including restaurants, shopping attractions, and the lovely historical Vermilionville.

2017 Annual State Conference Theme

“SNAL Showdown in Cajun Town”

This year’s Conference theme is “SNAL Showdown in Cajun Town" Everyone has been working hard this year encouraging students to eat nutritional meals, emphasizing fruits and vegetables. Come to Lafayette and relax, but be prepared to attend sessions which will motivate and educate you to be the best in your profession!

SNAL hopes that the 64th Annual conference meets your expectations!

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We Have A Number of Pre Conference Sessions...

Two pre-conference education sessions will be offered on Tuesday, June 13th at the Lafayette Convention Center. The Institute of Child Nutrition (formerly NFSMI) will provide instructors for the Food Safety for Schools (formerly Service It Safe) and Nutrition 101 classes which will be offered 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for 8 CEU’s per session. Both courses are required to qualify for certification with SNA. USDA Professional Standards require that all SFS employees take a food safety course every 5 years. If it has been over five years since you have taken such a course, now is your opportunity!

Pre-Conference “fun-sessions” will be offered again this year on Tuesday. Dr. Nadine Mann will be teaching Wreath Making on Tuesday, June 13th ONLY. This year, Dr. Mann will be offering four classes of 10 (maximum) participants and demonstrating how to make the teardrop swag method of wreath making. This class will require a $45.00 materials fee. You must pre-register for these sessions. No on-site registration will be allowed. You must be registered for conference to participate in these sessions. 

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SNAL Pre Conference
SNAL Bowling Tournament

2017 Annual Bowling Tournament

Don’t miss out on the SNAL Showdown in Cajun Town… the Bowling Edition.

The fee is $25 per person with up to 5 players per team. Include the $25 with your registration form.

If you would like to register as a team, please indicate the members of your team and your team name on the registration form. If you do not have a complete team or are an individual that would like to participate, a team will be formed for you.

Players can be Chapter members, vendors, supervisors, executive Board members or any combination of these.

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Vice President Election

Your Vote Counts in Relation to The Future of our Organisation

Voting will be held during Registration on Wednesday, June 10th from 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. We urge every member to make a special effort to cast your vote during this time. You must provide a picture ID when you check-in prior to voting. This is your opportunity to let your voice be heard and a way to be active in your Association.

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SNAL Voting
SNAL Line Dancing


Wednesday June 14, 2017

Join the team on Wednesday morning from 6:30 - 7:30 am for the SNAL Fitness Line Dancing, this is a great way for you to begin your day & spend time with your group & fellow conference delegates... Meet in the Hotel Lobby, see you there!

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Breakout Sessions

Wednesday June 14th, 2017
Education Breakout Sessions
9:00am-10:25am and 12:10-3:05

Variety of education sessions will be offered between 9:00am-10:25 and 12:10-3:00 that you definitely don't want to miss! Topics include First Timers with Jo Lynne Correro, Marketing your program with Lucretia Chancler, Future Leaders of SNAL with Sonjia Kinsey, Fun ways to learn meal pattern with Jodi Batten, Best ways to implement Professional Standards with Lori Levy, Creating an efficient work schedule for your kitchen staff with Jodi Bordelon, LDOE training Sessions on Regulations and updates, Spicing up the flavor with some magic with Chef Ryan Shepherd, Behave Yourself with Lynley Jones, and Leadership with Gary Golden to name a few. These sessions will be worth your time for sure!

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SNAL Breakout Sessions
Key Note Speaker - Dayle Hayes


Wednesday June 14, 2017
Key Note Speaker - Dayle Hayes, MS, RD - School Meals That Rock

Dayle Hayes is an award-winning author and educator. Her creativity and common-sense have made her a sought-after speaker across the USA. As a parent and member of the School Nutrition Association, Dayle has dedicated decades to making school environments healthy for students and staff. She collected success stories for Making It Happen, a joint CDC-USDA project; wrote a chapter on communicating with students in Managing Child Nutrition Programs: Leadership for Excellence; and co-authored the 2014 Position of the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics: Nutrition Guidance for Healthy Children Ages 2 to 11 Years.In recognition of her professional and volunteer leadership, Dayle has received numerous honors, including Montana Dietitian of the Year and an ADA Excellence in Consultation and Business Practice Award. In January 2012, she received the Silver FAME Award as a Friend of Child Nutrition and Foodservice Director magazine named her as one of their 20 Most Influential in the same year. She was honored with a Medallion Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Montana School Food Service Professional of the Year in 2013. Hayes served on the ADA Board of Directors where she chaired the Public Initiative Team and Technology Task Force. She also is a past president of the Montana Dietetic Association and Past-Chair of the School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group.

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Wednesday Night of Entertainment

A Night To Kick Your Heels Up And Put Your Dance Shoes On With famous Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie Band

Evening of Entertainment will be in the Ballroom featuring the southern sounds of the famous Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie Band. Several additional entertainment opportunities such as Line Dancing classes and Gospel Music session have been scheduled for your entertainment. So Grab your boots and mosey on down to the Ballroom to enter into a festival of good food, good music, and good friends.

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Kick Up Your Heels Dancing
SNAL Thursday Breakout Session


Thursday June 15th, 2017 - 9:00am -11:00am
Breakout Education Sessions

Come on down Thursday morning to the Lafayette Cajun Dome & Convention Center for a new twist of events!  Start the morning off with some great speakers and sessions. 

In addition to breakout sessions and vendor exhibits, a Health and Wellness fair will be available for our attendees to browse. Session topics will include Social Media with Dayle Hayes, Boosting School Wellness with Bradley Cruicer, Fuel Up to Play 60 Dairy Grants with Jennifer Duhon, LDOE Retirement with Cliff Horn, and best Practices of Produce Handling with Guy Gremillion

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Vendor Exhibition

The Vendor Exhibits Will be Showcased at The Lafayette Convention Center 11:00am -3:00pm

The Vendor Exhibition will be held in the Lafayette Convention Center on Thursday. This event showcases the latest food services industry trends, technologies & deliverables designed for our industry. The exhibition is open to all Directors, Supervisors & Purchasing Personal within the School Nutrition Association of Louisiana network. Please remember no outside bags allowed, a complimentary bag will be provided at the door. We appreciate your cooperation to make this event enjoyable for all! 

Exhibit Layout
SNAL Vendor Exibition
SNAL Dinner & Second General Session

Grand Gala Installation Dinner

Installation Dinner & Second General Session

The Grand Gala Installation Dinner night will be a Western Theme Event. Grab your boots, hat, or blue jean attire and help show your support for the Association. If laughter is medicine for the soul we will over dose with the funniest Cajun Comedian performer. Kent Gonsoulin, Cajun Comedian will be entertaining with his unique brand of clean Cajun humor. Kent has kept audiences laughing throughout the south.

Thursday evening will be the finale with the installation of officers and entertainment. Kent Gonsoulin-Cajun comedian is scheduled for your entertainment after the installation and dinner service. What a great way to end conference by enjoying a great meal and laughter with friends. We will rope you in with our Western attire for the finale event so blue jeans and boots are encouraged!

Come join us for a night of fun and laughter

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Timings Event Location
7:30 am – 3:00 pm Registration Hilton Portico Foyer
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Food Safety for Schools
Institute of Child Nutrition

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Managing Food Allergies
Institute of Child Nutrition

Hilton- Elmwood
8:00 am - 10:00 am Wreath Making Hilton-TBA
8:00 am, 10:00am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm Wreath Making (4 Sessions) Hilton-TBA
9:00 am -11:00 am or 1:00 pm -3:00 pm Painting Class (2 Sessions) Hilton-TBA
8:30 am - 3:00pm Vermillionville & St. John the Evangelist Cathedral Tour Hilton- Departure Location
9:00 am – 11:00 am SNAL Executive Board Meeting Hilton Salon D
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch On Your Own  
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Chapter President Meeting Hilton-TBA
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm HOD Registration Hilton Salon D
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm House of Delegates Meeting Hilton Salon D
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Bowling Tournament/Costume Contest Lafayette Bowling Lanes
Timings Event Location
6:30 am – 7:30 pm Wellness-Line Dancing Hilton -TBA
8:00 am – 3:00 pm Registration / Voting Hilton-Portico Foyer
8:30 am – 10:15 am Breakout Sessions Hilton TBA
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Silent Auction Hilton-Ashland
10:30 am – 12:00 pm SNAL Awards Ceremony Hilton-Ballroom
12:15 pm – 3:30 pm Breakout Sessions Hilton-TBA
12:00pm - 1:30pm New Executive Board Meeting Hilton-TBA
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Vendor Set-Up & Registration Lafayette Convention Center
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm First General Session – Dayle Hayes, School Meals That Rock! Hilton-Ballroom
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Vendor Appreciation Reception
(Invitation Only – Sups/Dir, Purch, Exec Bd, Past SNAL Pres)
Hilton Club 337
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm Night of Entertainment Hilton Ballroom
Timings Event Location
8:00 am – 3:00 pm Registration / Voting Lafayette Convention Center
8:00 am – 9:30 am Silent Auction   Hilton-Ashland  
9:00 am - 11:00 am Premier Showing   Convention Center  
9:00am - 11:00am Breakout Sessions Convention Center  
11:00 am Ribbon Cutting – Convention Center  
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Group A – Visit Exhibits Convention Center  
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Group B – Visit Wellness Fair/Culinary Demo Convention Center  
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Group A-Visit Wellness Fair/Culinary Demo Convention Center  
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Group A – Visit Exhibits Convention Center  
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Doors Open to place center piece for judging   Hilton Ballroom
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm nstillation Dinner & Second General Session— Comedian Kent Gonsoulin Hilton Ballroom
Timings Event Location
8:30 am - 11:30 am Executive Board Leadership Meeting Hilton TBA

Why choose Us

Being a member of SNAL has so many benefits including networking, education, opportunities for professional development, and so much more.Visit the membership page to read about being a SNAL member.

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Our Mission

The School Nutrition Association of Louisiana is a state based, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 3,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the state of Louisiana.

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What you get

SNAL Conference Committee puts on a great program each year that is designed specifically for the SNAL members. This 3 day program is filled with professional development, networking opportunities with vendors and fellow professionals, exhibits, and most of all fun!

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What Our Members Say?

By participating on the Board and attending the many conferences and meetings, I was provided opportunities to spread my wings and take on challenges that I otherwise would not have tried.Are you ready to SOAR?

Jo Lynne Correro Ouachita Parish School System
The association does an outstanding job informing members of new and upcoming issues that affect Child Nutrition programs in the country and in state of Louisiana.
Joni J. Blum St. Bernard Parish School Board
I have sampled new food items, seen new equipment and networked with managers, technicians and directors from throughout our state at our fun-filled conferences.
Pat H. Farris, Supervisor St. Tammany Parish
Being a member has afforded me the opportunity to grow professionally and to network with other colleagues across the state and country.
Rosie Jackson Orleans Parish Public Schools

My SNAL membership provides numerous opportunities to grow in my profession and meet lots of wonderful nutrition professional across the state of Louisiana.

Teresa Brown, MS, RD, LDN St. Charles Parish Public Schools

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